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From Vine to Wine – Grape Harvest Season in Maryland

From Vine to Wine – Grape Harvest Season in Maryland

Right now marks the busiest time of year for wine grape growers in Southern Maryland and across the region. Farmers who grow wine grapes, harvest grapes all at once at the end of  summer verses other types of production that happen periodically throughout the season such as produce, meat, eggs and honey. As farmers in Southern Maryland were transitioning away from tobacco in the early to mid 2000’s, during the Tobacco Buyout, SMADC provided a research grant to University of…

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Consider Fermenting as a value-added way to grow your market

Consider Fermenting as a value-added way to grow your market

Touted for its historical health benefits across the globe, fermented foods have been on the hot list recently, especially in the Maryland region. In part, due to Rachael Armstead and her husband who have pioneered them back from ancient history, into value-added products for farmers markets and wholesale outlets through their work with the local and state health departments. Rachel worked on farms in the region before starting The Sweet Farm four short years ago, and noticed the abundance of…

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Kimchi to Charcuterie- Savvy marketing by local producers tickles consumers taste buds

Kimchi to Charcuterie- Savvy marketing by local producers tickles consumers taste buds

Every year Maryland Department of Agriculture holds a Buyer Grower Expo in Annapolis, providing a forum for farms and value-added producers to meet new potential buyers. In the last few years that SMADC has been going, we’ve seen the numbers in attendance continually rise- with now over 60 growers, processors,  watermen, and small food businesses attending from Maryland. What was most impressive this year was the sheer variety of products available. Both from the farms that are growing them and from the…

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Ready to try value-added? Start here.

Ready to try value-added? Start here.

Sometimes, farm profitability is just one value-added step away. Lots of farmers have the great ideas, but they lack the support to get there. On February 5th, the Maryland Agricultural Marketing Professionals (AMPs) met to discuss how to help farmers can take their products to the next level and I got to sit in. We heard from Jeff Williams, Program Specialist at Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Jeff.Williams2@de.usda.gov) and he filled us in on USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant. Last year, Maryland farmers…

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